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I do but sing because I must, And pipe but as the linnets sing,

he expresses the truth that rhythm and melody lend themselves spontaneously to an inspiring thought. Poetry, like good music, comes of the possession of the movement. The mood in which poetry is conceived is the same mood in which men burst forth without premeditation into song. The thoughts which come to the poet in his exaltation are, therefore, naturally wedded to melody and cadence.

Moreover, not only is a rhythmic music the natural utterance of impassioned thought for him who speaks. It is the necessary instrument for inducing the proper, the receptive, mood in him who hears. We know how it is with music, when all the air is vibrating and chanting with some vast organ-swell. We know how we are stirred to our inmost depths simply by mere harmony and sequence of sounds. We do not know why it is so, why our mood should be attuned to sorrow, gaiety, enthusiasm, heroism, meditation, by the hearing of music in its various kinds. We do not know, either, why the mere shapes of the sublime architecture of some great abbey or cathedral, or the blended colours of its deep-damasked window-stains, should fill our hearts with devout or poignant aspirations. Yet we know that the fact is so. And it is the same with poetry. The rhythm and melody which come spontaneously from the poet's mood dispose the hearer in the self-same way; they fit him to receive what the other brings. Verse, as we now understand that term, poetry need not be. But though it may look like prose because the lines stretch all across the page and cannot be measured by so many iambics or anapaests, yet, if it be real poetry, heart-felt and heart-moving, it will be but a delusive prose, a prose of infinitely subtle rhythms and harmonies. It will be as far removed as the Homeric hexameter from the pedestrian motion of cold argument.

Poetry will never fail us until nature fails. We may miss the transcendent voices now, but we have had during this century more than a century's usual share, and with the first widespread rise of some new moral fervour or lofty hope and aim the great poet cannot be wanting to give it shape in thrilling verse.

Poetry will never fail us. The poetry of nature will not fail us. So long as the sun shall each night and morning glorify the heavens with his inexhaustible splendours, or the majestic moon ride in her mysterious silence between the everchanging isles of cloud; so long as innumerable starry worlds shine down their unspeakable peace into human hearts; so long as the flower shall open out its loveliness, dance in the breeze, shed its perfumes, and then close its petals in sleep and drink in the refreshment of the unfailing dew; so long as the tree shall put forth its tender greenery of leaf in the spring, blossom into gold and fire in summer and in the autumn bow down with fruits; so long as water shall leap and foam and thunder in cataracts down the mountain-side, or ripple and smile over the pebble or under the fern—so long shall the heart of man respond to sun and moon and stars, to flower and tree and stream, and there shall be poetry.

And as man's vision, intensified by the lens of science, pierces deeper and deeper into the universe of the ineffably great and the illimitably small, and as his wonder and awe increase with what they feed upon, so will the finer souls of humankind be thrilled and thrilled again with rich new suggestions and exquisite emotions, and they shall express them in poetry.

The poetry of man will not fail us. So long as man has a heart wherewith to love another better than himself, to feel the joy of possession or the pang of loss, to glow with pride at a nation's glories or mourn in its dejection, so long shall the lyric and the elegy, in whatsoever shape, create themselves ever afresh.

Till all our life, its institutions, and its beliefs are perfect: till man has no doubts, no fears, no hopes: till he has analysed all his emotions and despises them: till the heavens above and the earth beneath can be read like a printed scroll: till nature has yielded up her last mystery: till that day poetry will exist among men.

And we may dare to assert that the future of poetry is destined to be greater than its past, that Tennyson's prayer will be fulfilled—

Let knowledge grow from more to more, But more of reverence in us dwell, That mind and soul, according well, May make one music as before But vaster,

And the expression of that music will be poetry.

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A SELECTION FROM THE CATALOGUE OF BOOKS

PUBLISHED BY

Thomas C. Lothian,

100, FLINDERS STREET,

MELBOURNE.



INDEX OF TITLES.

PAGE

Australians Yet 9

Bush, The 7

Bushland Ballads 9

Dark Tower, The 12

Dawnward 7

Dominions of the Boundary 7

Eating for Health 8

Ginger Talks on Business 6

Guide to the Study of Australian Butterflies 9

House of Broken Dreams, The 5

Keeyuga Cookery Book, The 11

Later Litanies 5

Litanies of Life 5

Mateship 9

Mosquitoes: Their Habits and Distribution 9

No Breakfast; or, the Secret of Life 12

Peradventure 12

Poems by Jennings Carmichael 9

Poems by Hubert Church 10

Poems by Bernard O'Dowd 9

Poems by William Gay 9

Poems of Henry C. Kendall 9

Poems by Jessie Mackay 9

Poetical Works of William Gay 10

Poetry Militant 7

Rosemary 6

Satyrs and Sunlight 10

Sea and Sky 10

Sea Spray and Smoke Drift 9

Seven Deadly Sins, The 7

Silent Land and Other Verses, The 7

Stranger's Friend, The 9

Spirit of the Child 3

Things Worth Thinking About 4

Told in the Dormitory 6

Woman's Work 11

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THE SPIRIT OF THE CHILD

BY TULLIE WOLLASTON.

Pott 4th. 224 pages. Price, 5/-; posted, 5/4

Every Home in Australia should possess a copy of "The Spirit of the Child"—and, in fact, every teacher and child lover everywhere.

This is a distinctly original book, with quaint gleams of humour and a spiritual atmosphere, impossible to describe, but the very thing to rejoice the hearts of fathers and mothers who know how to give good gifts to their children. Also it is even more valuable for the parents themselves.

A father, ordered abroad for his health, and realizing how precarious life is, feels impelled to gather up in some interesting way the vital points of his varied experience for the children he loves so well. He feels, as so many fathers do, the veil of shyness between parent and child, and recognizes how few are the opportunities, in the rough and tumble of life, for the fitly spoken word to confirm "what has been silently indrawn by contact of love." A passionate Nature lover himself, he takes for unique treasures of Australia—a flower, a bird, a tree, and a precious stone—and treats them in a way to quicken every earnest heart, and foster the child spirit of bright interest and loving humility.

Two of these subjects are illustrated by six fine three-colour pictures—those of the Black Opals, probably being finer reproductions of Gems of Colour than any ever previously made anywhere.

A quaint love story linked to the rest of the subject matter by the same mystic touch, lends variety to the Book and strengthens the one golden thread of purpose, which is briefly summed up in the title.

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THINGS WORTH THINKING ABOUT

BY T. G. TUCKER, Litt. D.

PROFESSOR OF CLASSICAL LITERATURE IN UNIVERSITY, MELBOURNE.

Crown 8vo. 288 pages. Bound in full cloth. Price, 3/6; posted, 3/9.

In this volume, Education, Science, Literature, Culture and Cant and other kindred subjects are treated in a manner that is full of vitality and attracts. This is a reprint of a book that has been out of print and quite unprocurable for many years.

CONTENTS.—Our Earliest Ancestors and their Beliefs. The Nature and Province of Poetry. Literature, Science and Education. Culture and Cant. The Teachings of History. The Teachings of Travel. Literary Judgment.

"This book is singularly well named. The last lecture of literary judgment is particularly interesting and valuable. It is full of suggestion as to young journalists, and all persons interested in the study of 'that literature which maketh a full man,' and which must spring from the real blood of the heart, and the real flame of the thought."—Otago Daily Times.

"These seven essays are distinctively worth while. We especially commend his essay on the Teachings of History, which is packed with wisdom, to every one who is seriously interested in the science of politics."

"In Australia he should be known as a public benefactor. The volume before us being nothing less than a contribution to the Commonwealth."—The Athenaeum.

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LATER LITANIES

BY KATHLEEN WATSON.

AUTHOR OF "LITANIES OF LIFE."

Bound in full cloth. Artistically blocked in gold. Price, 2/6; posted, 2/8.

This new book by Kathleen Watson is sure to receive a friendly welcome from the hundreds of friends which she made with her previous books. This volume is, perhaps, more mature, and will give greater pleasure than any of her former books. All readers should secure a copy of this new book.

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LITANIES OF LIFE

BY KATHLEEN WATSON.

AUTHOR OF "THE HOUSE OF BROKEN DREAMS," "THE GAIETY OF FATMA."

Crown 8vo. Bound in full blue cloth, gold blocked. Price, 2/6; posted, 2/8.

This is the fifth edition of a remarkable volume. Already over 20,000 copies have been sold—and little wonder, for it is a book to read and re-read. It will rivet the attention of the reader, and hold it right through. It pulsates with human interest, with human feeling, love and joy and sorrow.

"I read a few pages, and after that there was no laying down the book. Fancy a woman with a powerful, perhaps somewhat morbid imagination, with intense emotions, with a tendency to brood over all that is sad in the human lot; and finally, with the power to concentrate a whole panorama of suffering into a phrase—fancy a woman so gifted sitting down with the resolve to crush into a few words the infinite tale of all the whole race of her sex can suffer, and you have an idea of what this remarkable book is like."—T.P.'s Weekly.

"The reader will lay down the book as I did, with a feeling of profound sympathy and gratitude to the unknown writer, in whose pages they can hear the tremulous throb of an intense emotion, which, however, does not obscure the finer and strongest note of heroic resolve."—The late W. T. Stead.

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THE HOUSE OF BROKEN DREAMS. A MEMORY

BY KATHLEEN WATSON.

Second Edition, Crown 8vo, bound in full cloth. Price, 2/6; posted, 2/8.

A Review: "She who gave us the well-loved 'Litanies of Life' clothes beautiful thoughts in beautiful language.... As a picture of idyllic love and sympathy between mother and son, even unto death—and beyond—it has rarely been surpassed, and helps us to realize the wondrous truth that 'love is heaven, and heaven is love.'"—The Register.

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THE BEST BOYS' BOOK OF STORIES.

TOLD IN THE DORMITORY

BY R. G. JENNINGS.

In Handsome Cloth Cover, and with Frontispiece in Colour. Price, 3/6; posted, 3/9.



Mr. R. G. Jennings is one of the best-known teachers in Melbourne. Hundreds of boys belonging to the Church of England Grammar School have listened with breathless interest to these stories, told them by their master after lessons, "In the Dormitory." The boys all voted the stories so good that the best twelve were collected and are now published.

The stories are clean, wholesome and exciting, and many an elder brother, as well as the father, of a family, has picked up the volume to give it a rapid glance, and has had to read story after story, only putting the book reluctantly down when the last page was reached.

If you want to read a good school-boy book of adventuresome yarns, or make some small youth happy, then get a copy of "Told in the Dormitory." Just look at what the papers have said about it:—

"Entertaining yarns, well told, without a hint of padding or affectation."—The Athenaeum.

"The sort of yarns boys love."—The New Age.

"They are tersely presented, direct, and pointed.... The book will be read with delight by boys at school and with interest by older folk."—Adelaide Register.

"These wholesome and terse stories, 'Told in the Dormitory,' are just what will delight elder boys—and such of their parents as still remember school days."—Geelong Advertiser.

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ROSEMARY

THAT'S FOR REMEMBRANCE.

BY ELEANOR MORDAUNT.

Author of "The Garden of Contentment," "A Ship of Solace," etc., etc.

Crown 8vo. 204 Pages. Bound in Cloth. Gold Blocked. Price, 2/6; posted, 2/9.

More and more is Eleanor Mordaunt claiming the attention of the reading public, but it is doubtful whether any of her other books have surpassed "Rosemary" for sheer charm and attractiveness. It is a blue sky book, full of cheerfulness and good nature. It tells of an Englishwoman who spends a quiet year in Australia, and who describes the procession of the seasons and how they appeal to her. The chapters are all interesting, and cannot be exhausted by a single reading. This is a book that is always fresh. Open it anywhere and it arrests you at once.

"It is a delightful book, written in a most refreshing style. It is so full of sunny and happy thoughts, so suggestive of all that is best in life that one lingers over its pages."—Birmingham Daily Post.

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GINGER TALKS ON BUSINESS

BY W. C. HOLMAN.

Price, 5/-; posted, 5/4.

Crown 8vo, extra cloth gilt, 235 pages, with 15 full-page cartoons, illustrating the principles of Salesmanship, which the "Talks" explain. In these days of commercial activity, business is becoming such a profession that it needs preparation and study to cope successfully with the problems of success.

"Ginger Talks" is as helpful a text-book as one could possibly get, but it differs from many text-books in that it is fascinating reading. It abounds in good humour, hopefulness and brilliant interesting talk; talk that is practical, helpful and human.

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BERNARD O'DOWD'S WORKS.

This writer is quietly but surely coming to his own place, which is in the forefront of Australian authors. Those competent to judge are unanimous in their opinion regarding the unique and high quality of Mr. O'Dowd's work.

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DAWNWARD

Price, 2/6; posted, 2/7.

A few copies of the original limited First Edition, published by the Bulletin Company, are still available. Price on application.

"The best book of verses yet produced in Australia."—T. G. Tucker, Litt. D., Prof. of Classical Literature, University of Melbourne.

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THE SILENT LAND AND OTHER VERSES

Price, 2/6; posted, 2/7. Bound in Half-cloth Boards, Gilt Tops. A few copies of an Edition-de-Luxe (limited to 25), signed by the author, are still available. Price, 7/6.

"The most arresting work of the younger generation is that of Mr. Bernard O'Dowd."—The Times, London.

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DOMINIONS OF THE BOUNDARY

64 Pages. Art Cover. Price, 1/-; posted, 1/1.

"Mr. Bernard O'Dowd stands alone among modern Australian poets."—The Spectator (London).

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POETRY MILITANT

An Australian plea for the Poetry of Purpose. An exceedingly fine, sincere literary essay.

Paper Cover, 1/1; postage, 1d.

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THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS

A Sonnet Series.

Small 4to. 56pp., Deckle-edged, Antique Paper. Price, 3/6; postage, 1d.

"It is full of thought and vision. It embodies such a bold and luminous re-valuation of the universe, as we have every right to expect from the true poet."—The Herald.

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THE BUSH

Small Quarto. Art Paper Cover. Price, 2/6; posted, 2/7.

"It is the most significant of all the poems, of any considerable length, that Australia has yet produced."—The Argus.

"It takes rank at once as a great national poem. It should be bought and read, and re-read, by every thoughtful Australian."—A. T. Strong in The Herald.

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EATING FOR HEALTH

BY O. L. M. ABRAMOWSKI, M.D., Ch.D. (Berlin).

Cloth Bound. Price, 3/6; posted, 3/9. Third Edition, greatly increased and edited by J. T. Huston.

This book is written from actual personal knowledge and experience. It is as interesting as a novel. It is the evolution of a common sense idea of disease, and a natural system for its prevention and cure.

"It is the most complete work on dietary experiment that we have seen."—T.P.'s Weekly.

"The value of this book lies in its perfect frankness."—Stock and Station Journal, Sydney.

"The book contains a mass of information regarding many diseases, and the effect of diet upon them, and emphasizes the importance of doing as much thinking for oneself as one can, instead of trusting implicitly to the medicine men, who are liable—even the best of them—to go wrong, at all events, in matters of diet."—The Advertiser, Adelaide.

These are some of the subjects with which this most interesting book deals:—

Eating for Disease. The Influence of Fruit Diet. Influence of Natural Diet. Typhoid. Rheumatism. Cancer. Affections of the Lungs. Eating for Death. Eating for Life. What shall we Eat? When shall we Eat? What shall we Drink? Humanity v. Alcohol. Etc., etc.

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A GUIDE TO THE STUDY OF AUSTRALIAN BUTTERFLIES

BY W. J. RAINBOW, F.L.S., F.E.S.

Entomologist to the Australian Museum, Sydney.

300 pages. Full cloth. Crown 8vo. Over 250 illustrations. Price, 3/6; posted, 3/9.

A thoroughly scientific, yet popular work for all who desire a knowledge of Australian Butterflies. It is quite indispensable to the modern teacher.

"Illustrated on a truly liberal scale, it should prove an ideal aid towards the purpose intended."—Otago Witness.

"Mr. W. J. Rainbow's charming little book fills a want long felt by the general naturalist, and will prove invaluable to the Lepidopterist, be he beginner or expert."—Herald.

"A model of arrangement and sound work."—Publishers' Circular.

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MOSQUITOES: THEIR HABITS AND DISTRIBUTION

BY W. J. RAINBOW, F.L.S., F.E.S.

Entomologist to the Australian Museum, Sydney.

A neat booklet of 64 pp., well illustrated, dealing with this interesting pest and its extermination.

Price, 1/6; postage, 1d.

"A most interesting and useful little book."—Sunday Times.

"This little book is worthy of a place with 'The Study of Australian Butterflies,' by the same careful writer."—Ballarat Courier.

"A valuable contribution to Nature Study."—The Herald.

"It gives within a small compass an astonishing amount of interesting and well-arranged information. The book is very readably written, is well illustrated with numerous clear figures, and should appeal to a large body of readers."—Australian Naturalist.

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AUSTRALIANS YET

BY GRANT HERVEY.

Crown 8vo. 254 pages. Clearly printed on good white paper, and attractively bound. Lettered in gold. Gilt top. Price, 3/6; post free, 3/8.

"This is a volume of vigorous ballads, chanting the praise of Australia, a creed of hard work, and a love of women, in long, rollicking lines. He sings manfully, with a good ear for a chorus."—Times.

"His verses are good reading."—The Bookseller.

"This is jolly hearty Colonial stuff, by one who sees that Australia needs an arch interpreter."—The Daily Chronicle, London.

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AUSTRALIAN BOOKLETS

Bound in Velvet Calf. Price, 1/3; posted, 1/4.

SEA SPRAY AND SMOKE DRIFT, BY ADAM LINDSAY GORDON. POEMS OF HENRY C. KENDALL. BUSHLAND BALLADS, BY E. J. BRADY. POEMS, BY BERNARD O'DOWD. POEMS, BY WILLIAM GAY. POEMS, BY JENNINGS CARMICHAEL. MATESHIP, BY HENRY LAWSON. THE STRANGER'S FRIEND, BY HENRY LAWSON. POEMS, BY JESSIE MACKAY.

The verses in these volumes are the very best, and wherever possible the authors themselves have specially selected the verses they wish to be printed. Therefore, these booklets contain only their living work—the cream of these authors. The set should be purchased straight away by all good Australians, and further copies sent to friends. No other books yet published in Australia are at once so suitable for your reading, or make such exquisite little gifts for friends. They make beautiful little books for the pocket, and are able to be carried around and read during leisure moments.

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SATYRS AND SUNLIGHT

BY HUGH McCRAE.

2nd Edition, cloth bound, crown 8vo. Price, 3/6; posted, 3/8.

Readers of Australian verse will remember the sensation caused by the appearance of the limited edition of these poems, illustrated by Norman Lindsay. This second (unillustrated) edition brings, as the Herald says, "one of the best books of recent Australian verse within the reach of the general public."

"Mr. McCrae ... produces remarkable poems, which strike a note new to Australia, and take a high place in our literature."—Sydney Morning Herald.

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POEMS

BY HUBERT CHURCH.

Crown 8vo. Antique Paper. Bound in Full Cloth. Price, 3/6; posted, 3/9.

Those acquainted with this poet's "Egmont" will be glad to see this announcement of a further collection of poems. The present volume includes a few of the best poems in "Egmont," and a number of fine additions, some published for the first time, make up a most attractive volume.

"In Hubert Church we have a poet who worthily upholds the highest traditions of Australasian poetry. Grandeur, simplicity, tenderness and power are all reflected in this fine collection of poems."—Dundee Advertiser.

"The ripe work of a genuine poet ... a book that will live."—The Triad.

"He is a delightful writer, and has been well advised to bring together in one volume the best of his work."—Adelaide Register.

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SEA AND SKY

BY J. LE GAY BRERETON.

Small Quarto. Edition limited to 500 copies. Price, 3/6; posted, 3/8.

Any lover of Australian verse unacquainted with Mr. J. Le Gay Brereton's work has a real pleasure in store. The poems in this collection are unique, and as the Bulletin says, "Such careful work, so delicately done, is a rare portent in our vague Australian sky."

The Scotsman writes that "Sea and Sky" "reflects no little credit upon the condition of poetical culture in Melbourne."

"In Mr. Le Gay Brereton's 'Sea and Sky,'" says the Bookman, "one has some of the most delicate and essentially poetical work that has yet been written in Australia."

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POETICAL WORKS OF WILLIAM GAY

With Biographical Sketch by J. Glen Oliphant.

Bound in Full Cloth, Gold Blocked, Gilt Top. Crown 8vo. Price, 3/6; posted, 3/9. The authentic and only complete edition.

This Scotch born poet, driven like so many, before and since, to seek health across the sea, has left a rare memorial in the land of his adoption. We cannot call him an Australian poet. "His poetry," says his biographer, "was universal, not local, and might have been written anywhere," but as his life was linked with Australia, we are glad to count him among her sons, and to remember that he found under her skies greater spiritual peace, and a measure of physical strength sufficient to leave this legacy.

"Gay's finished achievement.... He held by clarity of thought and expression above all things.... Gay's poetry ... will assuredly endure."—The Argus, Melbourne.

"Many of the sonnets show an unusual command of language, and one at least, 'To Triumphe,' leaves us wondering what we may not have lost by the early death of their author."—Birmingham Post.

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THE MOST PRACTICAL AUSTRALIAN COOKERY BOOK EVER PUBLISHED.

THE KEEYUGA COOKERY BOOK

BY HENRIETTA C. McGOWAN.

(Of The Age and The Leader,)

Price, 1/6; posted, 1/8.

Strongly Bound in Grease-proof Cloth.



This is the long-looked-for Australian Cookery Book. Once used, you will find it a practical necessity in your kitchen. Every recipe has been tried, proved and found good. It is well printed, clearly written, and the directions can easily be followed.

It can be claimed with confidence for the "Keeyuga" that it is the cheapest and most practical cookery book ever sold. What is wanted in these days of scarcity of domestic help is a cookery book that will serve in an emergency, one that contains well-tried, reliable recipes that can be depended upon; these are to be found in the "Keeyuga," as well as all the recipes necessary for a full-course dinner.

Whatever the difficulty in the culinary department may be, one can turn to the "Keeyuga" with absolute confidence; whether it is helpful recipes that are needed, or how to vary the children's school lunches, or what to take to the pleasant week-end camping out picnics, or how to make up an Australian fruit luncheon, the "Keeyuga" will help every time.

These are some titles taken from its invaluable contents:—

"Meals Make the Man" Emergency Meals Cookery for Children School Lunches Camp Life and Week-end Cookery Household Cookery—Joints Poultry Fish Spiced Meat, Sausages, etc. Curries Invalid Cookery Vegetables Fruit For Breakfast, Lunch, or Supper Soups Puddings Pastry Cold Puddings and Sweets Cakes Teacakes Sandwiches Jams, Jellies, Marmalades, Fruit Cheeses and Preserves Sauces, Pickles and Chutneys Salads Drinks Sweets Sundries Things Worth Knowing And many other interesting Chapters.

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A BOOK OF VITAL IMPORTANCE. WHAT TO DO WITH OUR GIRLS.

WOMAN'S WORK

BY HENRIETTA C. McGOWAN. MARGARET C. CUTHBERTSON.

Price, 1/-; posted, 1/1.



The Publisher has pleasure in placing upon the market a book of such eminent importance and usefulness as this book on Woman's Work.

The aim of the writers has been to set before the prospective worker the ways and means by which she may secure the work best suited to her, and some idea of the remuneration she may expect to receive as a return for her investment of time, study, work and money.

The writers are probably the two most able women in Australia for the subject in hand. Miss H. C. McGowan, by her long experience in connection with the Age and Leader, has been brought into close practical touch with the conditions and possibilities of private women workers, while Miss Cuthbertson, in her capacity of Inspectress of Factories, is peculiarly fitted to speak with authority upon this particular class of work.

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PERADVENTURE

BY ARCHIBALD T. STRONG.

164 pages. Post 4to. Printed on art paper, with attractive paper cover. Price, 3/6; posted, 3/9.

A book that is a pleasure to handle as it is an education and inspiration to read. Mr. Strong does not belong to the School of Dryasdust, he treats his books as human documents, and his literary friends as beings of flesh and blood. The breadth of his range and the freshness of this point of view are seen by a glance at the titles of his Essays, which range from "The Devil" to "The Faith of Shelley," and from "Rabelais" to "Nietzsche."

"Both in its grave and gay moods the book is one of unusual charm."—Literary World.

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THE DARK TOWER

BY ALAN D. MICKLE. AUTHOR OF "THE GREAT LONGING."

Bound in Art Cloth. Crown 8vo. 152 pages. Price, 3/6; posted, 3/8.

"The Dark Tower" is a new and original volume of short essays; stimulating, good, attractive. All thoughtful people who are interested in living thought should obtain a copy of this new book.

These essays deal with a variety of things and people, but the value of this book lies in the author's forceful sincerity and his advocacy of fearlessness in thought.

SOME OF THE BEST CHAPTERS: The Supreme Virtue; Tolstoy and Turgeneiff; Don Quixote, Mr. Pickwick and Hamlet; Hedda Gabler; Nietzsche; William Blake; Pontius Pilate; Gallio; Cleopatra; The Venus of Milo; The Sphinx.

" ... gives the impression of genuine sincerity."—Athenaeum.

"A book worth buying and worth keeping."—The Triad.

"Those who have read 'The Great Longing' will welcome Mr. Mickle's latest work, as, indeed, anything that comes from his pen. He stands in the front rank of philosophical essayists, and is doing more for Australian literature than all the many poetasters and their kind who yearly publish many books, but write little poetry. Regarded only for their literary merit his essays have high place.... It is good for Australian literature to have the books of Mr. Mickle, which will win him permanence of position. He is making a very real and valuable addition to the best in our literature."—Hobart Daily Post.

"Certainly a striking little book."—The Australasian.

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NO BREAKFAST; OR, THE SECRET OF LIFE

By "Gossip."

Fifth Edition. Crown 8vo. 94 pp. Antique paper. Attractive cover in two colours. Price, 1/-; posted, 1/1.

When a book of this description goes into a Fifth Edition we realize that the gospel it preaches is one that has been accepted and proved to be true by thousands of readers. This is not surprising when one considers that this is the actual story of a man's own experience. Gossip writes of what he knows to be true, he has proved it—is proving it every day.

"This little book," says the Sydney Morning Herald, "has been a continuous success since its first appearance in 1905, and it deserved to be so, for the argument is lively, sound and helpful throughout. It is a vigorous expression of the philosophy of common sense. The plea is for more simplicity, for moderation in all things."

How to live and how to get the most out of life: Those are the problems that confront every one of us. This little volume helps to solve them. You will be glad to read it.

THE ST. ABBS PRESS, LONDON.

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